Historical

Daihonzan Sojiji Soin Temple

An ancient temple of the Soto school of Buddhism
that prospered greatly 


Address: 1-18 Monzen, Monzen-machi, Wajima City
Phone: 0768-42-0005
Hours: 8:00-17:00
Fee: Visitors 400 yen
Closed: Open every day

This temple of the Soto school of Buddhism was opened in the first year of the Genkou era (1321). At one time, it flourished as the head temple of the sect, with 16,000 branch temples across the nation. In Meiji 31 (1898), almost the entire seven-structure temple compound was destroyed by fire, and the head temple function was relocated to Yokohama. Accordingly, this temple became the Soin (father temple). Even now, monks continue their austere practices inside the temple grounds.

   

Nanso Museum

A museum featuring valuable objects
handed down by Noto’s most powerful clan 


Address: Machino Machi Higashi Oono, Wajima City
Phone: 0768-32-0166 
Hours: 8:30-17:30
Fee: Entrance fee 700 yen
Closed: Open every day
 
From before the Kamakura period to the current day, there have been 25 generations of Oku-Noto’s old family, the Minami family. The heads of each successive generation prospered through forestry, agriculture, the salt industry, and foreign trade, and the items collected and handed down from generation to generation are on display in this museum. Treasures such as paintings by Tawaraya Sotatsu and Maruyama Okyo, ceramics by Kakiemon I and Nonomura Ninsei, and other top quality items are lined up for viewing.

   

Tokikuni House

A wealthy farmer’s house that hides the romance of history


After his defeat in the battle between the Genji and Heike clans, Taira no Tokitada was exiled to Suzu on the Noto Peninsula, and remained there. The Tokikuni House was founded by his offspring, Taira no Tokikuni. During the time of Tozaemon Tokiyasu (the 12th head of the Tokikuni Family), Senmatsu, the second son, began a branch family, which he named Shimotokikuni. Being dedicated to the Emperor Antoku, who was killed in the battle of Dan-no-ura, the Shimotokikuni House is also called Noto Antoku Tenno Goushi Tokikuni House.
 
■Head Household Kamitokikuni House
Address: 13-4 Machino Machi Minami Tokikuni, Wajima City
Phone: 0768-32-0171
Hours: 8:30-17:30 (-17:00 from October to June)
Fee: Entrance Fee 500 yen
Closed: Open every day

 This is Noto's oldest thatched roof private house, and is an important national cultural property. It took the carpenters who built Kyoto's Higashi Honganji Temple 28 years to finish. The grand scale of the house and the elaborate construction, not to mention the beautiful garden, make this one sight you don't want to miss.
 
■Noto Antoku Tenno Goushi Tokikuni House (Shimotokikuni House)
Address: 2-1 Machino Machi Nishi Tokikuni, Wajima City
Phone: 0768-32-0075
Hours: 8:30-17:00 (-16:00 from December to March)
Fee: Entrance Fee 600 yen
Closed: Weekdays during the winter (If you call and make a reservation a week in advance, they will open it for you)
 
This thatched house was constructed during the Edo period, and has a long pedigree, having been named an important national cultural property. The 15th head of the family logged trees on his own mountain, and construction was carried out by the 16th and 17th heads of the family. This construction lasted through two generations taking a total of 50 years. In 2005, repair work was finished that restored the house to very close to its original splendor.